Thursday, 20 April 2017

SIX OF THE BEST: NEW BGO ALBUM ON THE WAY

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS recently had an extended chat with Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) supremo Michael Laine Hildebrandt about his forthcoming as yet untitled new studio album - his sixth - and the follow-up to BGO's heavily ELO and Beatles influenced releases "Out Of This World" (2011), "BGO II" (2012), "The Discovery" (2013), "Beyond Time" (2014) and "Sticky Love Songs" (2016).

KJS: Your last two albums "Beyond Time" and "Sticky Love Songs" have both been well received and have also been cited as an elobeatlesforever (elobf) 'Album of the Year'. What can you tell me about your next album and where you are going with it?
MLH: This entire album has kind of silently snook up on me. It's so refreshing to be working on number six and letting the last one - and everything that came with it - emotionally go. The new one is still classic BGO but, for me, it is very different somewhat musically and song topic wise. It's a much more somber, piano oriented adventure this time. I am totally in love with it. The artwork speaks volumes about BGO VI and, after I finish with the current song I'm working on, I'll be bringing in Les Farrington again (who has worked with BGO before) on vocals. I've also been inspired lately by listening again to several songs from "Beyond Time" (my fourth record) - so much so that I've jumped right back into the studio these past few days with renewed zest! There's no fixed release date and plenty of work still to do in mixing, mastering and making the CD - you know the drill! But what I can say is that I'm really excited about this new album!

elobeatlesforever (elobf) will keep you posted re: BGO VI in due course. In the meantime, you can find out more about Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) via their official web site thus:

www.bubblegumorchestra.com

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-Apr-2017

Sunday, 16 April 2017

45 LIVE YEARS: AN ELO ROLL OF HONOUR

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Wasn't it great seeing Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne last week together on stage in NYC for their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame investiture as founding members of ELO? It was, of course, unfortunate that both Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy were not also there (for differing reasons) but also affirming in that the Electric Light Orchestra were taking their place alongside their peers and fellow musical legends.

However much I would have loved to hear the names of former members to the ELO story within the speeches made, Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) thought it would be apt and quite appropriate to name as many musicians, contributors and characters who have played their part in ELO (whether in the studio, on stage or elsewhere) and compile them into this roster of 91 names (in alphabetical order) below thus:

Addie Lee ~ Al Quaglieri ~ Amy Langley ~ Andy Craig ~ Bernie Smith ~ Bev Bevan ~ Bill Bottrell ~ Bill Hunt ~ Brian Jones ~ Brie Brandt ~ Carl Wayne ~ Chereene Allen ~ Christian Schneider ~ Colin Owen ~ Colin Walker ~ Craig Fruin ~ David Arden ~ Dave Boruf ~ Dave Scott-Morgan ~ Dennis ~ Denny Bridges ~ Dick Plant ~ Don Arden ~ Donavan Hepburn ~ Douglas Bogey ~ Duane Scott ~ Ellie Greenwich ~ Fred ~ George Harrison ~ Ghislaine ~ Gregg Bissonette ~ Hugh McDowell ~ Iain Hornal ~ Jake Commander ~ Jeff Lynne ~ Jeff Magid ~ Jess Cox ~ John 'Upsy' Downing ~ John Middleton ~ John Richards ~ Kelly Groucutt ~ Laura Lynne ~ Lee Pomeroy ~ Louis Clark ~ Marc Bolan ~ Marc Mann ~ Marcus Byrne ~ Marge Raymond ~ Martin Smith ~ Mary Thomas ~ Matt Bissonette ~ Melanie Lewis-McDonald ~ Melvyn Gale ~ Mick Wilson ~ Mik Kaminski ~ Mike Atkins ~ Mike de Albuquerque ~ Mike Edwards ~ Mike Pela ~ Mike Stevens ~ Milton McDonald ~ Nancy O'Neill ~ Olivia Newton-John ~ Patti Quatro ~ Peggy Baldwin ~ Pete King ~ Peter Ford-Robertson ~ Phil Copestake ~ Phil Hatton ~ Rainer Pietsch ~ Reinhold Mack ~ Richard Tandy ~ Rick Pannell ~ Rick Price ~ Ringo Starr ~ Roger Lebow ~ Rosie Langley ~ Rosie Vela ~ Roy Wood ~ Ryan Ulyate ~ Sandi Lynne ~ Sarah O'Brien ~ Sharon Arden ~ Steve Jay ~ Steve Woolam ~ Susan Collins ~ Suzie Katayama ~ Ted Blight ~ Tom Thiel ~ Trevor Smith ~ Wilfred Gibson

My elder brother Bob introduced me to ELO when I was but a ten year old back in 1977 and ELO were a settled septet at that time. Their membership (whether in the studio or on stage) has expanded and contracted over the years and the idea of this article - published on the 45th anniversary of the live debut of ELO at The Greyhound in Croydon on Sunday 16th April 1972 - is to pay tribute to each and every musician who has played a part in a band whom the late, great Tony Curtis once famously said were (and still are) "the most outstanding rock group in the world today." Many thanx to Messrs. Jet Flynne, Jeff Cooper and John Devitt for filling in the gaps!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-Apr-2017

Friday, 14 April 2017

CAUGHT LIVE: 10cc + IAIN HORNAL @ BIRMINGHAM 12/04/17

10cc: A simply magnificent show at Birmingham's Symphony Hall (Photo: Gary Carolan)
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! There are undoubtedly many fans out there who also appreciate the musical machinations of another highly successful act who often shared the charts with ELO during the Seventies: 10cc. It should therefore come as no surprise that their date on Wednesday 12th April in the finery of Birmingham's iconic Symphony Hall was a gig much looked forward to by Yours Truly KJS, especially with a support set by Iain Hornal also on the cards, fresh from his appearance with Jeff Lynne's ELO at their recent RRHOF investiture.

Up first was Iain Hornal with an inspired seven song solo acoustic cameo which showcased six of the best from the excellent new Hornal album "The Game Begins With The Lights Out" (click here for album review) plus "Drop This Song". We look forward to now seeing Iain playing some live dates around the country with a full band in order to further enhance his growing reputation. Having worked with both 10cc and Jeff Lynne's ELOIain's entertaining set was a perfect stepping stone in advance of the arrival of Graham Gouldman and his 10cc troops.

"... one of the most memorable concerts that I've had the pleasure of attending."

Next up were, of course, 10cc - and they did not disappoint the full house with an exemplary performance of not only their famed hits but also some of their legendary album tracks. This was truly a polished and professional show by songwriting legend, guitarist and bassist Graham Gouldman and his band, who not only succeeded in bringing their audience to their feet but also genuinely enjoyed themselves and their talents too. The sublime guitar craft of Rick Fenn and keyboard wizardry of Keith Hayman alongside longtime drummer/percussionist Paul Burgess (and a virtual Kevin Godley) were the perfect vehicle to deliver what was one of the most memorable concerts that I've had the pleasure of attending.

The links between 10cc and ELO were strengthened by the presence of Mick Wilson, who was also on stage with Jeff Lynne's ELO for their 2014 Hyde Park spectacular (click here for review) with the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist on top form with his soaring vocals a real highlight. Their eighteen (18) song set included a magnificent full length rendition of "Feel The Benefit" and, aside from their huge array of hit singles, "Old Wild Men" and "I'm Ready To Go Home" were also impressive. Hearing a pitch perfect "I'm Not In Love" was a fave moment but their wonderful a cappella take on "Donna" surely ran it close. I'm so glad that I was one the 2,263 folks who witnessed this 10cc musical masterclass from the heady heights of the Grand Circle. Truly an awesome gig in the truest sense of the word. Next time they tour ... go see 'em!
10cc were: Keith Hayman, Rick Fenn, Paul Burgess, Graham Gouldman and Mick Wilson
10cc performed: "Wall Street Shuffle" ~ "Art For Art's Sake" ~ "Life Is A Minestrone" ~ "Good Morning Judge" ~ "The Dean And I" ~ "Old Wild Men" ~ "Clockwork Creep" ~ "Feel The Benefit" ~ "The Things We Do For Love" ~ "Silly Love" ~ "Somewhere In Hollywood" ~ "Baron Samedi" ~ "I'm Mandy Fly Me" ~ "I'm Not In Love" ~ "Dreadlock Holiday" ~ "I'm Ready To Go Home" ~ "Donna" ~ "Rubber Bullets"

Iain Hornal performed: "Drop This Song" ~ "Different Places" ~ "Say The Word" ~ "Quit You" ~ "Running Away" ~ "Jennifer" ~ "She Doesn't have Anyone"

Find out more about 10cc and Iain Hornal via their official web sites thus:

www.10ccworld.com   www.hornal.net

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends 10cc and Iain Hornal to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-Apr-2017

Sunday, 9 April 2017

INTERVIEW: JOHN VAN DER KISTE (Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song)

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The news that acclaimed author John Van Der Kiste has written a new book on the album career of ELO following on from his excellent biographies of Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne will certainly be of much interest to ELO fans who will likely be joining this writer in eagerly awaiting its publication in early June. Yours Truly KJS recently interviewed John for elobeatlesforever (elobf) and asked all kinds of questions including a fair few about “Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song” thus:

KJS: Your books “Roy Wood: The Move, Wizzard and Beyond” and “Jeff Lynne: The Electric Light Orchestra - Before and After” are required reading for fans of The Move, ELO, Wizzard and related artistes. But what inspired you to write your third book, this time about the album career of ELO?
JVDK: It wasn’t me. Honest, guv! Seriously - and firstly, thank you for the kind comments. Fonthill Media, who until recently specialised mostly in history, are now expanding into the music and entertainment field. This is one of the first titles in a series they are commissioning on major acts, focusing on individual songs from each album, including studio and live sets, and in the case of groups, solo releases by every member as applicable. So Jeff, Roy, Kelly, Louis and Michael’s individual works are there too - although I drew a line which excludes The Move, Wizzard, The Idle Race, Violinski et al. There were some hard choices to make. A companion volume on Pink Floyd is due at the same time as mine, and the author, Andrew Wild, sent me a very friendly email recently saying he too is a massive ELO and associated fan. All the best people are!
KJS: “Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song” is an appealing book title. How did you approach the research and decide on the format of each chapter/album?
JVDK: The format was laid down by the series editors, one of whom is a lifelong British prog rock lover. Authors are allowed some leeway, as books tend to shape themselves as they go along, but as ever the watchword is consistency. As for the research, it’s the customary trawling of available printed and on line sources, listening to the records again and with more of an analytical mind than ever before, researching and thinking about them ‘out of the box’. Michael de Albuquerque, who I contacted through a mutual friend (Thanks and Hi Martin Kinch!) was kind enough to send me a few answers to questions about his solo albums, which are extremely hard to find these days and also very poorly documented on the net. It would have been good to talk to the other guys about the music a little, but most of them have been extensively interviewed in recent years and it’s on the internet, and as we know, for various reasons some are not too keen to talking about their ELO days any more.
KJS: Your book undoubtedly will commence with 1971’s “The Electric Light Orchestra” and end with 2015’s “Alone In The Universe”?
JVDK: Indeed.
KJS: There were an awful lot of compilation albums in between - were you tempted at any point to cover some of them too?
JVDK: The original brief was not to feature compilation albums unless they contained previously unreleased tracks unavailable elsewhere. ELO thankfully have not been one of those acts who persistently trap buyers into purchasing another ‘Greatest Hits’ merely to obtain one song they haven’t already got on the other LP's or CD's. I was however asked to cover bonus tracks on recent reissues, and as far as possible additional numbers on overseas editions. (Quite why we can’t have one standard global track listing for every title I don’t know, but that’s another can of worms). ‘Xanadu’ is there, of course, just the ELO songs - and it’s interesting that ‘Drum Dreams’ (as far as I can work out) is the only B-side not to appear on an official group album.
KJS: Have you included “Electric Light Orchestra Part Two” and “Moment Of Truth” in your ELO studio album overview? Was it a difficult choice to include or exclude them given the degree of controversy that Part II can engender, particularly in certain social media forums?
JVDK: Definitely yes. I realise that this can be a divisive one, and I feel those two albums haven’t really worn quite so well over the years. But I saw Part II twice when they were touring in support of each one, and while it seems both are long since deleted and not prime candidates for reissue, they have their good moments. And in any case, as a matter of record (excuse the pun), it’s only fair to give them their due.
John Van Der Kiste has previously written biographies about both Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood ...
KJS: Have you a personal and least favourite ELO studio album? Which ELO studio album was easiest for you to write about?
JVDK: A difficult choice, but I think my favourite is ‘Eldorado’. The first one was possibly the easiest to write about (and the one about which I could say the most), as it had such an interesting history and every track has a character of its own. I’m aware that some fans don’t care for it (and Bev has not been kind on the subject either), but I find it quirky and fascinating. Unpolished, yes, but still groundbreaking. ‘ELO 2’ took some getting into as well, but I put it into the same category as records like Blind Faith and Traffic albums which went over my teenage head at the time and now sound far better to somebody of my more mature years. My least favourite - some of ‘Secret Messages’ doesn’t really cut it for me. Three years later, the album Jeff & Co. had meant it to be would have fitted on a single CD and my verdict would be very different. But I think Jeff lost something after the strings were replaced by keyboards, and I’m not a fan of the programmed drums which went on nearly everything by everyone in the 80's.
KJS: Is there an extended mention for “Beatles Forever”, “Motor Factory”, the Garden Rehearsals and the aborted “Secret Messages” double album in the book?
JVDK: Absolutely. Your good self supplied some valuable info on these - without which any book on ELO would not be complete!
KJS: What are your hopes and aspirations for “Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song”?
JVDK: That everyone likes it and feels that several months of hard graft have been well worthwhile. As ever I enjoyed the challenge, and while we were asked to add a smattering of personal opinion, I have kept this within bounds. The main aim is to be informative and produce as comprehensive a piece of work in one compact volume as reasonably possible.
KJS: Have you plans for any further ELO or even Beatles related books?
JVDK: ELO, not at the moment, unless any ex-members want a ghostwriter - and somebody from Birmingham would probably do it far better than I ever could. Interestingly, another publisher turned down my Beatles book, partly because I’m not a Scouser! (Despite the name, I come from Devon, although as they say, I'm ‘of Dutch extraction’). Beatles books, none planned - although in a few years something may come along. I do however have a book on Lindisfarne due out shortly, and I'm currently writing a biography of another Birmingham-born megastar. (Clue - he was in the 2004 Hall of Fame ensemble playing alongside Jeff on ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ as seen on YouTube).
KJS: What can you tell me about the launch of the book?
JVDK: I’m going to come on stage with Jeff Lynne’s ELO and play blues harmonica on a few tour dates this year. Dream on … no, nothing planned. Just amazon, Facebook, social media and I expect I’ll crack open a bottle of something appropriate the day I receive my complimentary copies.
KJS: And finally, a question always asked when I’m interviewing for elobeatlesforever (elobf), what are your fave songs by ELO (and, of course, The Beatles)?
JVDK: On the whole, It’s the rockers that really get me going the most. ‘Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle’, ‘Rockaria!’, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ are sheer magic and hit the spot just as much today as they did at first. I’ve also always adored ‘Twilight’ for that bubbling hook and the explosive bit about two-thirds of the way through with the phasing where it sounds like someone is pushing a complete music shop’s worth of drums over Beachy Head, and the full version of ‘10538 Overture’ for that glorious dense swirling last minute or so where they build on that riff until it fades out. Of the more obscure ones, I love ‘Everyone’s Born To Die’ - it sounds incredibly like Bob Dylan, ‘Blonde on Blonde’ era. ‘Mr Blue Sky’ is wonderful, of course, but it’s a little like ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ - having been played so much over the years, it’s just less fresh than some of the others. As for The Beatles - a much harder choice. I got bored with ‘Hey Jude’ when it was out as it was played to death, but nearly fifty years on it sounds awesome once again. I also love ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, and of the lesser-known ones, ‘Old Brown Shoe’ is very overlooked. Spot the George Harrison fan - and can I include ‘What is Life’ (OK, only two Beatles on that one!), which I think one of the most sublime productions ever. Thank you Keith! It’s been lovely to talk about all this!

“Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song” by John Van Der Kiste (Paperback; 144 pages; ISBN-10: 1781556008; ISBN-13: 978-1781556009) is published by Fonthill Media on Thursday 8th June and can (at the time of writing) be pre-ordered via this link thus:

www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-Light-Orchestra-Song/dp/1781556008

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends “Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song” by John Van Der Kiste to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-Apr-2017

Saturday, 8 April 2017

ROY WOOD & JEFF LYNNE LIGHT UP ROCKHALL2017

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! There was just one thing on my mind as Yours Truly KJS fell asleep last night (Friday 7th April) in advance of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame celebrations across the pond in Brooklyn. And that was that I wanted to see some photographs of ELO co-founding pair Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne on stage together at The Barclays Center being inducted into the RRHOF by Dhani Harrison.

We knew that Bev Bevan was not going to be there (being as he was standin' up and rockin' with mutual pal Jasper Carrott in Stafford) and we suspected that Richard Tandy might not attend too due to his apparent absence from the images doing the rounds on social media, hopefully not due to ill health. Seeing Roy and Jeff together on stage was, for me, the real joy.

Jeff Lynne's ELO Dazzles With 'Evil Woman,' 'Mr. Blue Sky' at Rock Hall
Read ELO's Joyful Rock Hall Induction Speeches
INDUCTION ANTICIPATION: ELO @ ROCKHALL2017
Jeff Lynne Recalls ‘Long Road’ to ELO’s Induction Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
ELO Open Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony With Chuck Berry Tribute
Rock Hall 2017: Jeff Lynne personifies class during ELO's induction

Just three songs were performed as Jeff Lynne's ELO opened the proceedings with their familiar take on "Roll Over Beethoven" - an apt tribute to the late, great Chuck Berry - followed by ELO classics "Evil Woman" and quite naturally, of course, "Mr. Blue Sky".

In amongst all of the many images and videos that I woke up to this morning on Facebook, Twitter. Instagram and YouTube, it was the sight of Roy and Jeff together being rewarded for their gallantry with The Electric Light Orchestra that truly said it all for me. Bravo you Brummie legends!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-Apr-2017

Thursday, 6 April 2017

INDUCTION ANTICIPATION: ELO @ ROCKHALL2017

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Preparations for Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) to be inducted by Dhani Harrison at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (RRHOF) ceremony tomorrow night (Friday 7th April) in Brooklyn are now nearing completion with footage of both the stage construction at The Barclays Center and Jeff leaving LA en route to New York now appearing online. The golden Gibson guitar used by the ELO maestro during the bands earlier touring years is also now on display at the RRHOF museum in Cleveland.
Photo: twitter.com/rockhall/status/850054121612873729/photo/1@rockhall
There appears to be no live streaming planned for the event save for a ticketed streaming party at the RRHOF museum itself. HBO are to broadcast edited highlights of the ceremony on Saturday 29th April at 8:00PM ET (Eastern Time). Subscribers to SiriusXM Radio will also be able to tune and listen to the entire show as it happens.
Fellow ELO founder Roy Wood recently dropped a heavy hint via Twitter on Saturday 11th March stating: "keep following for news! Especially when I get inducted in to the @rockhall How good!" with the RRHOF replying: "See you soon!" a few days later. We already know that Bev Bevan won't be there but we're also hopeful that Jeff's right hand man Richard Tandy will be in attendance too.

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) have played a small role in the proceedings having been approached back in January by organisers for high resolution photographs featuring all four RRHOF nominees together in one frame.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 06-Apr-2017

Monday, 3 April 2017

REVIEW: DRAWING HORSES (Dzal Martin)

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Folks who call in regularly here at elobeatlesforever (elobf) may recognize Dzal Martin as one of the amazing septet who are The Trembling Wilburys. But there is much more to this in demand guitarist who has been involved in many musical projects down the years including No Dice and Box Of Frogs (the latter including former ELO Part II and The Move (ft. Bev Bevan & Trevor Burton) member Neil Lockwood alongside such illustrious names as Jeff Beck, Steve Hackett and Jimmy Page).

Dzal has just released his debut solo album "Drawing Horses" and Yours Truly KJS thought it worthy of a listen based not only on his supreme live guitar work with The Trembling Wilburys but also the personal recommendation of Tony Kelsey, another talented guitarist. "Drawing Horses" is a wonderful record, an eleven song opus which draws on Country, Americana, Blues and Rock elements with a nod to Johnny Cash in not a few places. Catchy opener "The One Who Got Away" instantly impresses and will appeal to both Wilbury and Jeff Lynne admirers with "Drive", "Heaven Help" and the moody "I Can Wait" also sure to please. On the flip side, there are some pensive and lyrically incisive slower numbers in "House For Sale", "Northern Girl" and "Scared" that ooze emotion whilst showcasing Dzal's wide range of guitar craft. "Drawing Horses" is aptly capped by the lovely instrumental "Bob And Paula" to ensure a plethora of variety. This is one of those records that you grow to appreciate after a few plays, my fave being the aforementioned first track. Guitar aficionados will undoubtedly love this album too. I know I did. (9/10)

Trax (46:41): [01] "The One Who Got Away" (4:06) ~ [02] "Northern Girl" (4:36) ~ [03] "Scared" (3:38) ~ [04] "Drive" (4:13) ~ [05] "I Don't Need You" (3:40) ~ [06] "Heaven Help" (5:09) ~ [07] "House For Sale" (3:58) ~ [08] "I Can Wait" (4:57) ~ [09] "Somebody Left Me" (4:09) ~ [10] "Operator" (3:56) ~ [11] "Bob And Paula" (4:19)

You can find out more about Dzal Martin and/or buy "Drawing Horses" in CD and/or digital format via these links thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Drawing Horses" by Dzal Martin to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The BeatlesThe Trembling Wilburys and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-Apr-2017

Friday, 31 March 2017

27th ELOBF GIG GUIDE: Q2 2017

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Spring into Summer 2017 means that once again it's "Time" for the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Quarterly Gig Guide #27! Please find a list of selected gigs below (with more to follow when confirmed) between Saturday 1st April and Friday 30th June during Q2 2017 (plus some individual artist links) for you to peruse thus:

Saturday 1st April
The Steve Gibbons Band @ The Austin Sports & Social Club
Tickets: £8.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/344782

ELOquence @ The New Albany Hotel, Heywood
Free entry
www.facebook.com/ELOQUENCEtribute

Sunday 2nd April
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Brasshouse, Birmingham
Free entry
www.brasshousebirmingham.co.uk/whats-on

Tuesday 4th April

The ELO Experience @ The Swan Theatre, Worcester
Tickets: £22.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.asp?mid=4&eid=453060739

Wednesday 5th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
+++ SOLD OUT +++

Thursday 6th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
+++ SOLD OUT +++

Friday 7th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
+++ SOLD OUT +++

Saturday 8th April
The Trembling Wilburys @ Thameside Theatre, Grays
Tickets: £20.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.thurrock.gov.uk/events/trembling-wilburys

Mr. Blue Skye supporting Vertigo @ The Ferry, Glasgow
Tickets: £12.50 each (advance) or £14.00 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.the-ferry.co.uk/theferrymobile.html

Wednesday 12th April
Iain Hornal supporting 10cc @ The Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Tickets: from £32.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.thsh.co.uk/event/10cc-greatest-hits-more

Danny Cannon & The Ramrods @ The Robin 2, Bilston

Tickets: £10.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4754

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
+++ SOLD OUT +++

Thursday 13th April
The Steve Gibbons Band @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £12.50 each (advance) or £15.00 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4696

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
+++ SOLD OUT +++

Friday 14th April
Red Sun (John Kerton) @ The Feathers Inn, Lichfield
Free entry
www.feathersinn.co.uk/page_id=8&month=4&yr=2017

Wednesday 19th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
Tickets: from £27.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.crewelyceum.co.uk/Online/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock

Thursday 20th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Lyceum Theatre, Crewe 
Tickets: from £27.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.crewelyceum.co.uk/Online/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock

Friday 21st April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Town Hall, Dudley
Tickets: from £25.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.boroughhalls.co.uk/jasper-carrott-one.html

Saturday 22nd April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Town Hall, Dudley
Tickets: from £25.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.boroughhalls.co.uk/jasper-carrott-two.html

Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Flowerpot, Derby
Tickets: £13.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Derby/The-Flowerpot/Explosive-Light-Orchestra/12861691

ELOquence @ Club 147, Pontefract
Free entry
www.facebook.com/ELOQUENCEtribute

Sunday 23rd April
Brum Bands Unite @ The Town Hall, Birmingham
Tickets: £12.00 (*plus booking fee)
www.thsh.co.uk/event/brum-bands-unite-celebrating-st-georges-day

Tuesday 25th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Palace Theatre, Newark
Tickets: from £26.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Wednesday 26th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Palace Theatre, Newark
Tickets: from £26.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 2nd May
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare
Tickets: from £27.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Wednesday 3rd May
Bob Dylan @ The Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Tickets from £55.00 each (*plus booking fee)
motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk/whats-on/bob-dylan-and-his-band

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare
Tickets: from £27.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 4th May
Bob Dylan @ Bournemouth International Arena
Tickets from £55.75 each (*plus booking fee)
www.bic.co.uk/whats-on/bob-dylan-2017

Friday 5th May
Quill @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £12.50 each (advance) or £15.00 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4656

Bob Dylan @ The Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Tickets from £61.60 each (*plus booking fee)
motorpointarenanottingham.com/whats-on/bob-dylan-and-his-band

The Upbeat Beatles @ The Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove
Tickets: £20.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.artrix.co.uk/whats-on/music/the-upbeat-beatles

Saturday 6th May
Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £15.00 each (advance) or £16.00 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4726

The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show @ The Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove
Tickets: from £20.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.artrix.co.uk/whats-on/music/roy-orbison-and-the-wilburys-tribute

Sunday 7th May
Bob Dylan @ SECC Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Tickets from £45.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/bob-dylan-and-his-band-glasgow-07-05-2017

A Fusion Of Music & Dance (Bev Bevan) @ The Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Tickets: from £13.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.thsh.co.uk/event/a-fusion-of-music-and-dance

Monday 8th May
Bob Dylan @ The Echo Arena, Liverpool
Tickets from £61.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.echoarena.com/whats-on/bob-dylan

Tuesday 9th May
Bob Dylan @ The SSE Arena, Wembley, London
Tickets from £65.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ssearena.co.uk/events/detail/bob-dylan

Wednesday 10th May
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Palace Theatre, Redditch
Tickets: from £25.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock

Thursday 11th May
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Palace Theatre, Redditch
Tickets: from £25.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock

Friday 12th May
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Palace Theatre, Redditch
Tickets: from £25.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock

The Born Again Beatles @ The Feathers Inn, Lichfield
Free entry
www.feathersinn.co.uk/month=5&yr=2017

Saturday 13th May
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Palace Theatre, Redditch
Tickets: from £25.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock

Sunday 14th May
Record & CD Fair @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Entry: £1.00 each

Thursday 18th May
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Tickets: from £25.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 19th May
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Tickets: from £25.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.trch.co.uk/whats-on/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock

The Trevor Burton Band @ The Queens Head, Wolverley
Free entry
www.queensheadwolverley.com/events

Sunday 21st May
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Theatre Royal, Wakefield
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk/whatson/show.asp?e=887#overview

Monday 22nd May
 Stand Up & Rock! @ The Theatre Royal, Wakefield
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk/whatson/show.asp?e=887#overview

Friday 26th May
Quill @ The Y Theatre, Leicester
Tickets: £16.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.leicesterymca.co.uk/show/quill

Thursday 1st June
 Stand Up & Rock! @ The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Tickets: from £22.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 2nd June
The Born Again Beatles @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Tickets: £6.00 each (advance) or £7.00 each (door)
www.theroadhousebirmingham.com/?q=node/820

Saturday 3rd June
Quill @ The Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove
Tickets: £18.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.artrix.co.uk/whats-on/music/quill

ELOquence @ Sotirio's 103 Restaurant & Cabaret, New Romney
Free entry to diners
www.sotirios103.co.uk/entertainment

Sunday 4th June
The Mersey Beatles Sgt. Pepper 50th Anniversary Show @ The Hare & Hounds, King's Heath
Tickets: £15.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.skiddle.com/Hare-And-Hounds/The-Mersey-Beatles-Sgt-Pepper-50th-Anniversary-Show

Friday 16th June
Roy Orbison & Friends (Barry Steele) @ The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
+++ SOLD OUT +++

Saturday 17th June
Red Sun (John Kerton) @ The Old Stags Head, Wolverhampton
Free entry
www.redsunband.co.uk/portfolio

Wolvesfest 2017 (Cult Of Wedge) @ Wolverhampton Rugby Club
Tickets: £10.00 each (advance) or £15.00 each (door)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4839

Sunday 18th June
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Grapes, Stafford
Free entry
www.grapesstafford.co.uk/Gig_Diary

 Wednesday 21st June
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ The Sheffield Arena
Tickets from £55.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.livenation.co.uk/artist/jeff-lynnes-elo-tickets

 Stand Up & Rock! @ The Forum Theatre, Malvern
Tickets: from £24.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/events/event/jasper-carrott-stand-up-and-rock

Thursday 22nd June
 Stand Up & Rock! @ The Forum Theatre, Malvern
Tickets: from £24.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/events/event/jasper-carrott-stand-up-and-rock

Friday 23rd June
 Stand Up & Rock! @ The Forum Theatre, Malvern
Tickets: from £24.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/events/event/jasper-carrott-stand-up-and-rock

Roy Orbison & Friends (Barry Steele) @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets: £22.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.lichfieldgarrick.com/The-Roy-Orbison-Story

Saturday 24th June
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Wembley Stadium, London
Tickets from £35.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.livenation.co.uk/artist/jeff-lynnes-elo-tickets

Monday 26th June
 Stand Up & Rock! @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: from £28.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/comedy/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-rock

Tuesday 27th June
 Stand Up & Rock! @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: from £28.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/comedy/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-rock

Wednesday 28th June
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ The SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow
Tickets from £50.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.livenation.co.uk/artist/jeff-lynnes-elo-tickets

 Stand Up & Rock! @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: from £28.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/comedy/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-rock

Jeff Lynne's ELO After a stint with classic Birmingham bands The Idle Race and The Move, Jeff Lynne co-founded The Electric Light Orchestra in 1971, one of the most successful groups of the seventies and eighties. Multiple hit singles and best selling albums followed making Jeff's anthemic ELO songs some of the most loved and recognisable of the last four decades. Jeff went on to a successful solo career and worked with many of his musical heroes including Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers. He also found time to co-found the ultimate 'supergroup' in The Traveling Wilburys, who included pals Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Roy Orbison in their ranks. Find out what the driving force and creative mind behind ELO is currently up to via his official web site thus: www.jefflynneselo.com

Roy Wood The co-founder of The Move and ELO and the founder of Wizzard, The Helicopters et al will [hopefully] be on the road again during 2017! Find out where to see Dr. Roy Wood and what he is up to with his Rock 'n' Roll Band via his official web site thus: www.roywood.co.uk

The Orchestra Former members of ELO and ELO Part II: Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Glen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend continue to tour the world extensively. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.theorchestra.net

Quill Legendary Midlands Celtic tinged Americana rockers Quill, led by the incomparable Joy Strachan-Brain, have built up an impressive live reputation over a four decade span and now feature Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant in their ranks. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.quilluk.com

The Trevor Burton Band A co-founding member of The Move, Trevor Burton can be found performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with his fantastic band. Find out where on their web site thus: www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

The ELO Experience Based in Hull, The ELO Experience deservedly won the National UK Tribute Awards in 2013 and they continue to faithfully reproduce classic Electric Light Orchestra hits (and more) live. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elotribute.com

ELO Again Based in South Wales, ELO Again are now spreading their wings across the UK to faithfully recreate live those ELO hits we all know and love. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.eloagain.co.uk

Explosive Light Orchestra Not only an ELO tribute act but an original, independent artiste in their own right, The Explosive Light Orchestra - also known as Symphonika - have reproduced the exciting works of ELO at packed theatres and live music venues all around Europe. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elotributeband.com

ELO Light Years A new ELO tribute band and another from South Wales, ELO Light Years are headed up by Jim Ramsey alongside Mike 'Chas' Holcombe, Gaelle Favre, Sarah Waycott, Richard Watson, Robin Davey and Claire Brewster with Angharad and Rhiannon Griffiths. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elolightyears.com

The ELO Encounter Another new ELO tribute band, this time from Essex, The ELO Encounter feature Simon Rownes and three members of his family: Jack, Max and Henry alongside Martin Donald, Jasmine Ali and Simon Dove. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elo-encounter.co.uk

The Trembling Wilburys One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Trembling Wilburys were founded by drummer Dave Stark in 2010 and feature Dave Collison as Roy Orbison and Glen Knowler as George Harrison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The septet also feature top guitarist Dzal Martin, Andy McNish, Marko Laver and Howard Robin. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.tremblingwilburys.co.uk

The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show are a multi-talented group featuring Paul Hopkins as Roy Orbison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The sextet is completed by Richard Gibson, Owen James, Aubrey Robinson, Matt Gaffiney and Andrew Whittaker. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.travelingwilburystribute.co.uk

The artistes and shows listed above are recommended by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf). This listing is not exhaustive. Please contact elobf should you wish events to be considered for the above roster. It'll be nice to bump into you at some of the above gigs for a chat!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-March-2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

CAUGHT LIVE [4]: STAND UP & ROCK!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Stand Up & Rock! is back after a year off. And didn't we know it last night (Monday 27th March) as Jasper Carrott and lifelong pal Bev Bevan returned to launch their revamped show at The Place in Oakengates (Telford) and proceeded to not only entertain but delight a third full house.

Featuring equal portions of the classic comedy genius of Jasper Carrott (including his sidesplitting insurance claim renditions) and a truly wonderful if not inspired musical journey led by Bev 'Basher' Bevan (with new female vocalist Suzi Woo delivering some fantastic vocals in an outstanding debut). There were new songs and old friends within a refreshed set list kicked off by "Let There Be Drums" and closed out with a certain familiar, anthemic ELO double salvo. In between, the talents of Phil Tree, Geoff Turton, Abby Brant and Musical Director Tony Kelsey were combined in a hugely enjoyable performance with Beatles and Motown medleys nicely positioned between storming live interpretations of classics by the likes of Carole King, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Black Sabbath, Jennifer Warnes, The Who, Tina Turner and Status Quo (and not a few others).

Yours Truly KJS usually includes a set list in my gig reviews for elobf but on this occasion I've decided to keep you in suspense to encourage you to go see the show (where it is not already sold out) and not spoil later attendees theatrical pleasure. Needless to say, there's plenty in this show to please fans of ELO, The Beatles and 'Brum Beat'.

Stand Up & Rock! in 2017 featured Jasper Carrott, Bev Bevan, Phil Tree, Tony Kelsey, Abby Brant, Geoff Turton and Suzi Woo
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Stand Up & Rock! to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes. With thanx to Christian Evans and Colin Martin for their photographic input.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-March-2017

Sunday, 26 March 2017

ELOGOLOGY: BALANCE OF POWER

It was ELO but not as we knew it ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Spring 1986: It had been the best part of three years since the ELO studio album "Secret Messages" had been released and Yours Truly KJS was more than pleasantly surprised when I heard "Calling America" on Radio 1 and mentions of a new album. I also remember trawling my local HMV record store in Wolverhampton for the single and having to ask an assistant for it because I couldn't initially find it on account of the bright red sleeve and completely new ELO logo.
"Balance Of Power" charted for 12 weeks reaching #9 in its second week ...
Perhaps because the album was missing both the ELO logo so familiar with fans since it appeared on the embossed sleeve of "A New World Record" in 1976 and it was released via Epic Records rather than Jet Records. "Balance Of Power" (EPC26467) peaked at #9 with lead single "Calling America" sadly stalling at #28, a modest chart performance that could well have been as a result of a negative perception of the new logo as well as the band now being a trio of Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy (minus, of course, the departed Kelly Groucutt) plus the fact than even with ten tracks, the running time was barely over 34 minutes with three songs under three minutes in length. Indeed, "Balance Of Power" had the feel of a band signing off.
A brief history of ELO logos ...
Looking back, much as I loved "Balance Of Power" (the expanded 2007 remaster was, in my opinion, the best in the series), I can't help thinking that the change in image may have caught out the casual record (and cassette) buying public if not some ELO fans. If the album artwork had somehow retained the instantly recognisable ELO logo, one does wonder if both the album and singles would have been more commercially successful, even though ELO fans and collectors were treated to to 7" and 12" issues of all three singles - namely "Calling America" (A6844), "So Serious" (A7090) and "Getting To The Point" (A7317) - for the first time. Happily, both "Zoom" and "Alone In The Universe" saw the return of the traditional ELO symbology ... and long may it continue!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-March-2017